District weighs school closure

first_imgClosing Huerta would save the district an estimated $570,000 a year, she said, by eliminating the need for a principal and classified, secretarial and maintenance employees. The district would also save on utility costs, Saul added. Board President Ed Hengler, who had vowed a year ago that he would vote against closing schools, said he has since changed his position “because of the continuing decline in enrollment.” He said he fears the state might not fully fund schools and that the district might have to return state money it received for the 2007-08 budget year. “We’ll really be in trouble then,” he said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – Facing a nearly $8.5 million revenue loss, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District officials are again considering closing Dolores Huerta Elementary School and moving its 325 students to Earl E. Edmondson School. “It makes no sense to keep two schools half-way filled when we can house them all in one,” school board member Karen Morrison said. At its meeting Monday night, the board voted 4-3 to ask the district’s staff to report on how closing Huerta might impact the district financially. The report will be presented at the May 14 meeting. Morrison said the district lost about 1,570 students in the past three years, resulting in an $8.5million revenue loss from the state, which bases funding on per-pupil attendance. If the board opts to close Huerta, 325 students would transfer to Edmondson, which has 410 students. In February of last year, board members considered but rejected closing Huerta and Dulles Elementary School. The issue resurfaced in January, when a special committee report detailed declining enrollment in the district. However, the board again chose not to take action. But enrollment has continued to decline, said Maureen Saul, assistant superintendent of business services, prompting officials to again consider closing a school site. This year, the district has about 550 fewer students than last year, officials said. “We’re finding empty classrooms and seats across the district,” Saul said. last_img

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